When Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a nearby log cabin, Hodgenville was known as Hodgen’s Mill. This small Kentucky town is on the Lincoln Heritage Trail and the nearest settlement to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
Lincoln Square Circle
Lincoln Square Circle, in the center of town, is all about Abe. There’s a statue of a seated Lincoln, and opposite is another statue of a younger Lincoln reading a book.
On each side of the square are inscriptions of Lincoln’s two most famous speeches, the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. Both are also inscribed in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
From the square you can see the historic buildings around town. One of them is the Hodgenville Christian Church, which was built in 1877 and is the second oldest building in town.
The main attraction in Hodgenville is on one side of the square. The Lincoln Museum is a modest museum that tells the story of Lincoln’s life with life-size dioramas and authentic artifacts. Adult admission is US$3 (as of February 2018), and the museum is open daily. It’s a great complement when visiting the national historical park.
The upper floors of the museum contain artifacts from the Civil War and items from the Lincoln White House. Lincoln’s life mask from 1860 was also on display, and there’s a nice view of the square from one of the rooms.